Home grown talent, global expertise, and the start of something special – FinVention 2017
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On 15th November in St Peter Port, FinVention 2017 took place for the second time. Having learned some important lessons from last year, this event delivered a consistently high level, varied day of activities which gave attendees with plenty to talk about.
With more than 20 pitchers, 6 sponsors, 2 top quality keynote speakers, 2 student presentations, 1 panel session and networking opportunities it was certainly a packed agenda. So what were the highlights?
Brief introductions were given by Marc Laine of C5 Alliance, who moderated proceedings, and Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen. After this Guernsey’s Deputy Chief Minister Lyndon Trott took to the stage to talk about the Guernsey Investment Fund. A commitment of funds by the States of Guernsey managed by a private company entirely outside of government.
It’s not just rhetoric, this represents a desire on Guernsey’s behalf to invest in the commercial sector. Watch this space!
Home grown talent: It was great to see up and coming talent at FinVention with pitches from two schools teams. One from Guernsey College of Further Education and one amalgamated team from Elizabeth and Ladies College. This is the generation we need to encourage and upskill if we are to realise the ambitions for Guernsey to be a world leader in digital and tech.
Top quality keynotes. FinVention this year boasted not just one global name in FinTech but two! Ryan Radloff, Principal of CoinShares, kicked us off with his reflections on cryptocurrencies and was followed by Alastair Lukies CBE, Founding Partner, Motive Partners and UK Prime Minister’s Business Ambassador for FinTech. Both amazing thought leaders whose speeches made the delegate price worth paying by themselves.
Not just about FinTech! Whilst FinTech was a major focus of the day there were plenty of innovative products which were more broadly digital. GardenTags had social data and AI supporting budding gardeners, Found had a digital lost property solution and Springg provided a time management system for businesses. All of these had deceptively simple ideas executed smartly.
Networking: It was hard to argue with the quality of individuals in the room. The sponsors, pitchers and delegates came from a wide variety of industries, ages and experiences. All of them united by their forward looking approach. The broader nature of the event allowed for excellent networking.